2001 CE
The US government increases penalties for the distribution of MDMA

Alarmed by the skyrocketing use of MDMA, the US government increases penalties for its distribution. It is now ten times more severely punished, dose for dose, than heroin. These strict measures were passed in spite of being opposed by prominent scientists and even the former head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, who condemned them for being irrational and a diversion of resources from the control of truly dangerous drugs.

Source: In the Beginning (n.d.). TheDea.org.

Drugs: MDMA (ecstasy)
Regions: USA (United States of America)